Say Goodbye to 2014. Motor racing's future is upon us
by Brian C. Mackey For the past several years, I've been one of many preaching about changes needed to revive motor racing's sagging popularity. Unlike others however, I have stressed that the changes needed won't solely come from the more routine solutions that periodically arise from various sources. Instead, the real changes of noteworthy distinction will be represented by the relevant use of now emerging technology. As a marketer, I believe that motor racing's revitalization will rise from the doldrums through the fan's experience at a race event, my "events begets fans" philosophy more than any other single modification.
by Dave Grayson In some very sad news, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Brian Vickers once again finds himself on the disabled list due to heart issues. It now appears that the driver of the Michael Waltrip Racing, (MWR), #55 Toyota will not be sitting behind the wheel of his ride during the early portion of the 2015 season. Further describing his latest medical situation, in a prepared statement released by MWR, Vickers said: "First, I want to thank everyone for their sincere support. I have faced obstacles before and it has made victory that much sweeter and I know that will be the case again.
2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion celebration The spot at the head table at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards was all Kevin Harvick's, with wife DeLana and 2-year-old son Keelan joining the Stewart-Haas Racing group in the celebration. The only problem was that host Jay Mohr had become accustomed to finding six-time champion Jimmie Johnson and Co. to his right, jokingly mistaking the Harvicks' identity. The jokes came fast and heavy in Friday night's awards gala at the Wynn Las Vegas with first-time champion Harvick not immune from Mohr's skewering.
by Dave Grayson Driver/owner Tony Stewart arrived in Las Vegas on Wednesday evening ready to celebrate with his #4 Stewart/Haas Racing, (SHR), team, led by Kevin Harvick, in honor of being the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions. The champion's festivities marks the second time SHR earned a Las Vegas style celebration. Stewart himself won the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship at the conclusion of the 2011 season. However, there was one slight situation that was going to slow down Stewart's 2014 celebration just a little. He arrived at Las Vegas hanging on to a pair of crutches.
by Pete McCole Kevin Harvick celebrated his first career Sprint Cup title on Sunday night after winning the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and emerging as the highest finishing driver among the four surviving Chase for the Sprint Cup contenders, ending an incredible run that saw him come from behind to win pivotal races in the second and third elimination rounds to keep his season alive.
Harvick, Stewart, Newman and Larson Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, is the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion following his victory in the season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "I'm just really excited. It's really special for everybody. I’m really happy. I’ve been trying to win this for 13 years. This new format has been stressful, but the racing has been phenomenal," said Harvick, whose previous best finish in the standings was third in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
In a 3-lap shootout Kevin Harvick and his fast #4 Chevy outran Ryan Newman (Chevy 2nd), Denny Hamlin (Toyota 7th) and Joey Logano (Ford 16th) to win the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup title at Homestead as well as the Ford sponsored EcoSystem 500 race. The race was interrupted by numerous cautions but with the title and the race on the line, Harvick drove by and away from the other three contenders for the win for Stewart Haas Racing.
by Pete McCole Matt Kenseth took home the winner's trophy in the NASCAR Nationwide Series season finale on Saturday, holding off Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson for the victory while 18-year-old rookie Chase Elliott was officially crowned as the 2014 series champion in the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kenseth got around Larson on the first lap of a three-lap green-white-checker shootout and then pulled away.
by Pete McCole Darrell "Bubba" Wallace, Jr. scored his fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win of the season in a thrilling battle with Kyle Larson, while Matt Crafton made history as the first driver to win back-t0-back truck series championships in Friday nightâ€™s Ford EcoBoost 200 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Wallace passed his team owner Kyle Busch with a daring three-wide pass with 16 laps to go and then held off a furious charge from Larson on the final lap.
At Homestead Jeff Gordon may be out of the running for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, but he's in great position to pick up his fifth win of the season, winning the Coors Light Pole Award at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday night. Chase drivers Kevin Harvick (179.946 mph), Denny Hamlin (179.348 mph) and Joey Logano (179.259 mph) will start fifth, eighth and ninth, respectively.
Sprint Cup finale Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet SS, won the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season finale' at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a lap of 180.747 mph (29.876 seconds). Gordon was joined on the front row by Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS). Kevin Harvick was the top qualifier among the four remaining drivers eligible for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship; he'll start fifth on Sunday in his No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet. Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS), who is also eligible for the title, qualified 21st.
Newman winning NASCAR title would be poetic justice
by Brian Carroccio It would be unfortunate to see Ryan Newman win the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship by virtue of a victory in this Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Newman, of course, qualified for the Championship round of the Elimination Chase, despite only two top-3 finishes in 35 races. Granted, the Richard Childress Racing driver made Sunday's Championship round fair and square in accordance with the regulations, objectionable as I may believe them to be. Still, in the opinion of me and it appears many others it wouldn't be just for Newman to win Sunday.
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